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'F*** you, f*** Carole Baskin, f*** PETA!' Louis Theroux details 'chaotic' unseen footage of Tiger King star Joe Exotic from 2011 filming... ahead of his upcoming BBC documentary

 He shot to fame in 2020 as one of the eccentric stars of the six-part Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Madness, and Mayhem. 

But in a new interview, Louis Theroux, 50, has gone into detail about the 'chaotic' unseen footage of Joe Exotic, 58, which was captured back in 2011 while the documentary maker was filming America's Most Dangerous Pets.

The British TV personality admitted that at the end of their third meeting, Joe Exotic ripped his microphone off and 'had a tantrum,' yelling: 'F*** you, f*** Carole Baskin, f*** PETA!' 

Throwback: Louis Theroux, 50, has gone into detail about the 'chaotic' unseen footage of Joe Exotic, 58, captured back in 2011 while filming America's Most Dangerous Pets

Throwback: Louis Theroux, 50, has gone into detail about the 'chaotic' unseen footage of Joe Exotic, 58, captured back in 2011 while filming America's Most Dangerous Pets

The zoo owner, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, found worldwide fame when he starred in a Netflix documentary but he is now in prison.

Joe,  the former owner of the GW Exotic Animal Park, is serving a 22-year prison sentence after he was convicted on 17 federal charges in 2019 for animal abuse and an attempted murder-for-hire plot on Baskin, owner of the Big Cat sanctuary.


Louis confessed to Radio Times that he had forgotten just how much they filmed during his three visits to see Joe Exotic at his Oklahoma zoo, back in 2011. 

He said: 'It just felt chaotic and extraordinary. [Exotic's] feud with Carole Baskin was very much ongoing at the time, so I interviewed him about all of that, and talked to his husband and their boyfriend.  

Outburst: The British TV personality admitted that at the end of their third meeting, Joe Exotic ripped his microphone off and 'had a tantrum,' yelling: 'F*** you, f*** Carole Baskin, f*** PETA!'

Behind bars: Joe was arrested in September of 2018 and later convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire in his plot to kill Carole Baskin

Behind bars: Joe was arrested in September of 2018 and later convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire in his plot to kill Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin 'relieved' Joe Exotic missed out on presidential pardon
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'And in the end, although he was a significant presence in that film, very little of that material was reflected in the finished programme.'  

The filmmaker revealed that during his third and final visit to see the Tiger King star, back in 2011, after pushing issues which 'p**sed off' Joe Exotic, the two got into a confrontation.

Louis recalled that Joe ' ripped off his microphone and yelled, "F*** you. F*** Carole Baskin. F*** Tippi Hedren. F*** PETA. Yes, my animals are happy. Yes, I'm going to go on breeding." He had a tantrum.'

But watching back the previously unseen footage of the hostile moment, the documentary maker was 'struck' by his apparent need to give Joe emotional reassurance. 

Louis admitted: 'I felt protective of him, and I didn't like the fact that I'd upset him. It's odd. But that's actually a big part of how he functioned, and now he's sort of done that on a global scale.' 

Hostile: The filmmaker revealed that during his third visit to see the Tiger King star, back in 2011, after pushing issues which 'p**sed off' Joe Exotic, the two got into a confrontation

Hostile: The filmmaker revealed that during his third visit to see the Tiger King star, back in 2011, after pushing issues which 'p**sed off' Joe Exotic, the two got into a confrontation

Struck! But watching back the previously unseen footage of the hostile moment, the documentary maker was 'struck' by his apparent need to give Joe emotional reassurance

Struck! But watching back the previously unseen footage of the hostile moment, the documentary maker was 'struck' by his apparent need to give Joe emotional reassurance

Louis also revealed that he hasn't actually spoken to Joe again for his upcoming BBC Two documentary into the Tiger King star.

The filmmaker explained: 'He sent a letter through someone else, in which I was mentioned, asking for my help. I think a couple of emails went back and forth, and then that line of communication got shut down.'    

Having visited Carole Baskin for his upcoming documentary, Louis admitted that the different ways the rival Big Cat zoo owners deal with social media trolls, and how they voice their struggles, could be what has given them both very differing fan bases.

Out now: The full interview with Louis Theroux is available in the latest edition of Radio Times

Out now: The full interview with Louis Theroux is available in the latest edition of Radio Times 

Louis explained that what he finds 'extraordinary' about Carole is her ability to be unaffected by trolling, which, he said: 'paradoxically, can have the effect of feeding it.'

He added that because she appears to not show pain, it might be harder for viewers to empathise with her. 

Louis continued: 'Whereas Joe clearly is the opposite. He wears his pain very obviously. He sort of specialises in leveraging his own angst for social influence.' 

Louis previously reflected on his first encounter with the world of Joe Exotic, saying that the characters involved in the story are 'larger-than-life.' 

Regarding his new documentary, Louis previously said in a statement: 'This is one of those quintessentially American stories, taking place in the heartland of Oklahoma, with a cast of characters almost too colourful and larger-than-life to be believed.

Throwback: Louis previously revealed that even back when he was filming America's Most Dangerous Pets in 2011, Joe was obsessed with Carole

Throwback: Louis previously revealed that even back when he was filming America's Most Dangerous Pets in 2011, Joe was obsessed with Carole

Behind bars: Louis also revealed that he hasn't actually spoken to Joe again for his upcoming BBC Two documentary into the Tiger King star (pictured in August, 2013)

Behind bars: Louis also revealed that he hasn't actually spoken to Joe again for his upcoming BBC Two documentary into the Tiger King star (pictured in August, 2013)

'I spent eight or nine days filming at the park back in 2011, over the course of three separate visits. I'd forgotten how much we shot until I went back into the footage during lockdown.

'It's extraordinary how much was there. Since then the story just got stranger and bigger, and in going back at the end of last year I uncovered a real-life drama that took me in directions I never could have expected.'

The project is yet to receive a confirmed air date on BBC Two. 

The full interview with Louis Theroux is available in the latest edition of Radio Times.

Extraordinary: Louis explained that what he finds 'extraordinary' about Carole is her ability to be unaffected by trolling, which, he said: 'paradoxically, can have the effect of feeding it'

Extraordinary: Louis explained that what he finds 'extraordinary' about Carole is her ability to be unaffected by trolling, which, he said: 'paradoxically, can have the effect of feeding it'

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